July 1st, 2009
10:44 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: New Jersey gubernatorial race tightens up

 A new CNN poll shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine facing a tougher battle with Chris Christie.
A new CNN poll shows New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine facing a tougher battle with Chris Christie.

(CNN) – A new poll of New Jersey voters suggests this year's gubernatorial battle between incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie may be tightening up a bit.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released Wednesday indicates that Christie has a 6 point lead, 45 percent to 39 percent, over Corzine, with 15 percent undecided. Christie had a 9 point lead over Corzine in a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll in April.

Just one in five of those questioned in the poll say New Jersey's on the right track, and only one in four say Corzine's doing good or excellent job as governor.

Christie, the former U.S. attorney for New Jersey, is trying to become the first Republican to win statewide office in New Jersey since then-governor Christie Todd Whitman won re-election in 1997.

"Even though it's early in the campaign, it is remarkable that a Republican is running ahead in New Jersey," said Peter Woolley, director of the poll.

Christie, considered a moderate Republican, led Corzine by 10 points in a Quinnipiac University survey released earlier this month.

National Republicans are gunning for victories in New Jersey and Virginia, the other state with a gubernatorial contest this year, as they try to rebound from their poor showing in last year's elections. In Virginia, the Democratic governor is term-limited and can't run for re-election.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was conducted June 22-29, with 803 registered New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: Chris Christie • CNN Polls • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom

    Good...... I knew that New Jersey would not be fooled by the GOP's propaganda!

    July 1, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Corzine is a Wall St. cronie. He's not going anywhere.

    July 1, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. Marcy

    NJ resident voting for Corzine.

    July 1, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  4. Shovel Head

    How refreshing is this. It's great hearing from a Real Wholesome AMERICAN. All these people talking crap about palin are so blinded that most negitive things said apply to OBAMA.....Amazinng.....

    Thank God for the breath of FRESH AIR.......Go Palin.......

    July 1, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. katiec

    Polls are immaterial at this time.
    When voting time arrives people will realize they cannot support a party of no, obstruction, hypocrasy, whose main goal is to make our
    president fail, consequently our country, a party of big business,
    a party who ran our country into the ground these last eight years, and, last but not least, a party who refuses to recognize or support
    what the American people want and what is best for us and our
    country.

    July 1, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. Robin

    I live in NJ, and I have had it with "Tax 'em" Corzine. I live in a very nice neighborhood, but when your house taxes jump $3000 in less then 4 years, there is a problem.

    Can't wait for Chris Christie to take the reigns.

    July 1, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  7. johnnie

    gov. corzine, wil be relected and these pols are bogus,the gop knows and cnn most definetly knows it, how many times does it have to be said ,america is not going backwards. the gop is a cancer,they are out touch with ideas,al they do is attack , and whinn, boo who, and lie. i have seen a party that ever time they open their mouths it a lie.chris christe is a hot air balloon ,waiting to fall back the bottom pit ,the gop. i predict victory for the gov, and that will send another message to the gop,its over deal with it.

    July 1, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. R in Maine

    This is like all those stupid claims that the republicans made last November.

    July 1, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Robin

    girlymen love the GOP July 1st, 2009 12:03 pm ET

    Christie may be what Jersey needs,she couldnt stand working the liar Bush,so she cant be all bad,Im more about the person than the party,even though I despise republicans.
    ======================================================

    Are dems really this ill informed? Chris Christie is a MAN and former US Attorney.

    Christy Todd Whitman is female and was govenor from 1994-2001.

    I swear if you vote, you should be required to take a verbal current events quiz.

    July 1, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. jon,philadelphia

    Every gov. in the US is in trouble. Look at the cause. GEORGE BUSH and his economic policies have led to this. So people of New Jersey, put a just say no to everything Republican in. To the person who lives in the nice area. Be thankful there were taxes to pay for that niceness. Everyone wants the good life and their area perfect but no one wants to pay. The money has to come from somewhere.

    July 1, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Proud Member..Party of No

    Whaaat? How can this be? I thought the republican party was dead and that would never win another election? Oh my, this will not go over well with The Messiah.

    July 1, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Robin

    jon,philadelphia July 1st, 2009 12:26 pm ET

    Every gov. in the US is in trouble. Look at the cause. GEORGE BUSH and his economic policies have led to this. So people of New Jersey, put a just say no to everything Republican in. To the person who lives in the nice area. Be thankful there were taxes to pay for that niceness. Everyone wants the good life and their area perfect but no one wants to pay. The money has to come from somewhere
    =====================================================

    Jon, I have no problem paying taxes, and understand they are needed. But over 10K a year for a 4 bedroom house is just unreasonable.

    At least I was smart. I bought a house I could afford, with a proper down payment, at a fixed rate.

    July 1, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Lori reminds the GOP that Obama's ratings are still higher than 2 term idiot Bush's!!!

    Of course the race is tigtening. Everyone knows that Corzine will win and that NO Republican will ever win NJ. People will complain about Corzine but as the election nears and when the voting actually starts they'll still vote Democrat. The same goes for Arlen Specter. People may not like Corzine but when they look at the alternative and what Republicans have done when they were in power and they recognize that a Republican will NOT make things better, people pick the lesser of two evils. It's another case of NY-20!

    Go Dems!

    July 1, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  14. Aunt Bea and Opie

    The state should just be divided.Give the top to N.Y and the bottom to Philly,it has become their bedrooms.Poor Jersey lost it I.D years ago as the Garden State.It was great then,I grew up there.Whitman is better.

    July 1, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Tarheel

    I wonder how far down states like New Jersey will have to go before they realize the Democrats are going to tax and spend them into the poor house. We'll soon see if they've had enough. If they put a man back in office with a 25% approval rating then they deserve what they get.

    July 1, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  16. KD

    I'm sorry Robin but if you think Corzine is the reason your property taxes went up you are sadly misinformed. The problem in this state has never been with the governor, it's always been because the municipalities have too much power. They are the ones that control your property taxes and keep hiking them up. You can blame Ms. Whitman for putting all that power into their hands making this state impossible to fix. I'm not defending Corzine because he is a terrible governor but I refuse to put another Republican in that will give the rest power to the municipalities. If we think we can't get anything done now it'll be that much worse later.

    July 1, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  17. JonDie

    The worst Democrat usually beats the best Republican any day of the week with the exception of Spitzer and Blago. And Corzine is no Spitzer or Blago.

    July 1, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Joe

    Republican Party is Done.

    July 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. EUNICE C

    Corzine has my vote again

    July 1, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. Open Your 3rd Eye

    I lived in Jersey all my life before moving to FL for the last 4 years. I'm 31 and don't like Corzine but you can bet your last buck he's going to win.

    Here's the problem: THESE POLLS DON'T INCLUDE PEOPLE 30 AND UNDER WHO USE CELL PHONES

    Just like the last election, they are leaving alot of people out.

    July 1, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. CNN=Moveon.org

    This just once again proves that democrats would rather pay more taxes and give up more of their money and then complain about it, because they voted for someone who taxes more. I refuse to feel sorry for anyone who is suffering financially and votes for a democrat. What you vote for is what you get and if they vote Corzine back in, then expect the same old tax and spend policies, much like the White House these days. Democrats deserve to be poor with the policies they are putting forth.

    July 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Island girl

    Joe: July 1st, 2009 1:00 pm ET

    Republican Party is Done.
    _______________

    Joe, this simple thought crossed my mind also. Mind you, it is not in relation to this Corzine/Christie match up but just about everything going on in the political circle starting most notably during the election campaign. From pugnacity and blantant lies to sleeze. Appalling! I feel sorry for the one man crusader challenging every one who shows an affinity towards the DNC. Living proof that RNC prominence is fading and the ovine followers are dwindling in number since savvy people are beginning to see the light instead of being allowed to be smitten by blind fanaticism. Not every policy of the DNC is espoused by followers (myself included) but at this point it is by far the lesser to two evils.

    Taps anyone?

    July 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. YES

    If the GOP believe for a moment they would win NJ, they are sadly mistaken. Not with President OBAMA going to the urban area's and turn up his grass roots campaign. VA and NJ will remain Democratic and the Democrats will pick up NY, AK, SC and AL next year. CHANGE never sounds or look better!

    July 1, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  24. Andy

    Everybody now say.....HOPE CHANGE......HOPE CHANGE........if we repeat it long enough things will get better......

    July 1, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  25. Eric

    Can any of you left wing lemmings be more original? Seriously, you can't make a comment about the content of the article outside of insulting the GOP with blanket rhetoric. It's people like you that sadly should have to pass an IQ test before being allowed to step into a voting booth.

    GENERATE AN ORIGINAL THOUGHT!

    July 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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